How To Check For And Install Windows Update

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From time to time Windows keep on rolling updates for its users. These Window updates consists of minor bug fixes, security patches, and new features to enrich user experience. Normally Microsoft releases the updates on second Tuesday of every calendar month. But in case there is prevailing bug or security flaw then the updates are rolled on any day.

Now since Windows updates are by default set on automatic mode therefore we are not much bothered to check for updates in Windows 10 from time to time. But if they are disabled then you have to check for the updates manually. How ? This will be later part of the article. So, guys without further ado lets learn how to check for updates in Windows and install them.

How to Check for Updates in Windows 10 & Install Them

As stated earlier Windows Updates are by default set to download and install automatically on your system, if you haven’t disabled them manually. Also, in Windows 10 checking for updates is a straightforward process that can be done by following the steps below:

1.Click on the Windows start button and from the available options click on the gear icon to open Windows Settings.

2. On Windows Settings screen click on the Update & Security option.

3. Now on the new screen that opens click on Windows Update in the left pane. In the right pane now click on Check for updates.

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4. Windows will now check for the latest available updates. After checking for the updates if it reads You’re are up to date then it means that no new updates are available at present.


In case updates are available it will show you the updates that you need to install. To install these updates all you need to do is click on Install Now button to install them. It is major update that you have just installed then you need to restart your computer.

Note: To check for the updates in Windows 10 you need to have active Internet connection. Therefore first make sure that your Internet is up and running before checking for the updates in Windows 10.

Although the process of checking for updates in Windows 10 and installing is quite simple however some of the users faced problem as well. The most common problem reported by several users on various social forums is Windows update pending Install issue.

In this issue a user is able to see the updates on Windows 10, however he is not able to install them, as he has no Install button available. But the good news is that this issue can be easily fixed by using Windows inbuilt Windows Update Troubleshooter.

How to Check for Updates in Windows 8, 7 and Vista.

If you are still using Windows 7 and Vista then we strongly recommend you to upgrade your operating system to the latest version of Windows 10, as Microsoft has already ended the support for both Windows 7 and Vista.

If you have enabled automatic updates then the downloading and installation of updates have been done automatically.

turn on automatic update in windows 7,8

However unlike in Windows 10 where we have check for updates in Update & Security section here in Windows 8, 7 and Vista we have to check in Control Panel by following the steps given below:

1.Press Windows + R key to open the Run command box. Now type in control and press Enter key to open the Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel click on System and Security > Windows Update.

3. Now click on the Check for updates button from the left pane. Now Windows will look for the available updates.

Now as stated earlier Microsoft has ended the support for Windows 7 and Vista therefore they do not provide and release new updates. If you are still able to find some updates in the Windows Update section for Windows 7 and Vista then they are the ones that have not been installed by you till now.

Other Available Options to Install Updates on Windows

We have just learned how to check for updates in Windows 10 but it is not the only way to check and install Updates. You can also download updates from Microsoft Download Center and then install manually on your Windows 10 machine.

Also there are third party software updater tools that helps you in updating programs and downloading pending Windows Updates. Although most of them only helps in updating the installed applications on your computer however, there are few that helps you to check for updates in Windows 10 and install them.

Wrapping Up

So readers this how you can check for updates in Windows 10 and install them easily. We still recommends you to set the updates on automatic mode so that you never miss any important updates rolled by Microsoft.

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